Sally Williams, the Mountain Girl

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 106 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. THE WATERFALL. fjQR a week or more Sally remained, as it were, under a heavy cloud. All the dark mysteries of Fate and Providence were revolving in her young heart. Conscious of having neither intended nor done wrong, but, on the contrary, of having devoted herself to an heroic purpose, she could not see the justice of the suffering which had come upon her. Even the thought of God became overshadowed in her heart; and, as her physical as well as mental strength had been overtasked, she became nervous and morbid. She performed her daily tasks with scrupulous fidelity, especially serving Helen with a devotedness which anticipated every wish. But she scarcely spoke to any one. She would take the baby in her arms and steal out to her refuge in the barn, where old Jenny welcomed her with as gladsome a note as if she were still loved and respected by all. The poor young girl would lay her cheek against the old mare's face, while the tears trickled slowly down, and would say in her heart, --"They say you have no soul; but you are a truer friend than any human one I have." The change in the household was marked. All missed Sally's bright, cheering influence. Little Nelly wanted her kind companion, with whom work was as good as play; and Mrs. Curtis lacked that pleasant sense of influence over a young, fresh mind which binds age and youth so happily together. But no one could see the way to mend the situation, for Sally would give no explanation of the suspicious circumstances, and no one else could imagine one. Mrs. Curtis began to talk of shortening her stay, and Richard was often absent from the house on long fishing excursions, in which Sally was no longer his companion. Early the following week Mrs. Gordon heard of the death of a near relati...

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